Reacting to What We Read [Quote – 862]
Nobody can tell others what to think. Or how to react when they read one of our posts. But still, we all need to be educated and trained into how we should process information.
And how to react to the information we process.
As a result, when I write what I do, my expectation is people will read it. And then they will reflect on it. And then they will react to what they read.
And one way to react to what people read is to ask questions pertaining what they read. And to ask questions that arise from what they have just read.
And then, whenever possible, people should go and do further research into the topics addressed and the points raised in the posts that people read.
And thus they will be further educated and trained.
And that is why I write: to educate and train people.
Take an example: Recently, I wrote a note on three Indian Muslim Traitors who helped British Colonizers to conquer India from its Muslim rulers.
Now, anyone who reads this note, and happens to be a Muslim, should be asking: Really? Goodness, me, I never knew that! Is that really what happened?
And then it would be perfectly natural for them to mutter to themselves:
“That is sad. In fact, how shameful is that? I hope that sort of thing never happens again.”
Unity of Human Life in Islam [Quote – 861]
In a sense, there really is no distinction between “Private” and “Public,” or “Personal” and “Social and Professional” in the life of a Muslim.
A Muslim’s life is one seamless whole.
And it all belongs to Allah and must be used to fulfill Allah’s mandate of being Allah’s Khalifah on Earth.
Innee jaa’lun fil ardi Khalifah.
In the Qur’an, Ibrahim, Alaihis Salam, states this approach to human life like this:
Inna Salaatee wa Nusukee,
wa Mahyaaya wa Mamaatee
Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen.
And he says that is what is required of us:
Wa Bi-dhaalika Umirtu.
“That is what I am commanded to do.”
And then he says:
“It is just that I am the first to respond!
Wa Ana Awwalul Muslimeen!
Who knows who is next in line to respond to Allah’s Call!
We and the Qur’an [Quote – 860]
Those of us who say or claim or pretend we are Working for Allah, we all have a simple motto in our life.
And it is:
Taking the Qur’an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It —
And Which One Does Not?
Regardless of how sincere or otherwise we may be, or how successful or otherwise our efforts may turn out to be, or how well or badly we may be doing our job, Qur’an remains our stated goal, our overriding purpose in life, and our motto.
Who knows, maybe, Allah will take us on our word and treat us based on our claims and not based on the true condition of our hearts or the success or failure of our efforts.
Hadith Sharif [Quote – 859]
When people do not aggressively seek a position of power and influence, and Allah gives it to them on his own as it were, Allah then helps such people to handle the responsibilities that go with that job.
How Muslims Lost India to the British [Quote – 858]
Mir Jaafar, Mir Sadiq and Nizam of Hyderabad had very different agendas from Sirajuddaulah and Tippu sultan.
The “Niyyat” of the first three named above was to help the British defeat the Muslim kings of India. And they succeeded in their goal and in their mission.
All three of them teamed up with the British Colonizers against Indian Muslim rulers and played a critical role in ending Muslim rule in India and in handing over the Indian Continent to the Colonizing British.
Thus began a whole new chapter in the global expansion of the British Empire! And all the evil that went with it.
Three Indian Muslim Traitors named above were the principal architects of that shameful history!
Talking about Muslim Unity/Disunity [Quote – 857]
Continuing our conversation on Muslim Unity/Disunity, let us add this observation:
One reason why people disagree and act differently — Muslims as well as others — is the difference in their “Intentions.”
In their “Niyyaat” — plural for Niyyat.
In other words, people disagree — and even work against each other — because they want different things. Because they have different agendas.
Or, maybe, they are fighting to take possession of the same thing: wealth, woman, title, job, territory, you name it.
Hadith Sharif [Quote – 856]
According to the very first Hadith in Bukhari Sharif:
“Intentions are central to human actions.”
Innamal A’maalu Binniyaat!
Now, you go and figure out the rest!
Fit the World into Islam, Not the Other Way Around [Quote – 855]
We must resist the temptation to fit Islamic concepts, practices and teachings into the mold of our own experiences with modern life.
We come from different backgrounds and the understanding of many of us about Islam is often skewed and flawed.
Also. there are times, when our own ideas — it is all part of Hawaa — have a more powerful hold on our imagination than the ideas that Islam presents.
And it is not always easy, nor is it a quick process, to break that hold.
I know from my own personal experience.
For, at times it has taken me years and even decades to come out of the specific dumps and bayous and quicksands of my own personal training, education, culture and background.
And overcome my own biases and preconceived ideas and notions.
And subordinate them to Qur’an and Hadith and recast them all into a proper, accurate and authentic Islamic mold.
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